Surat BJP vice-president and retired Income Tax officer PVS Sharma tried to commit suicide by hanging himself. A complaint has been filed with the police and Sharma has been moved to a hospital in Athwagate for treatment.
For the last two days, PVS Sharma’s mobile phone had been switched off and he tried to commit suicide on Sunday. His condition is reportedly critical.
The Income-Tax Department had in mid-October carried out search operations against PVS Sharma. Sharma had made allegations against Kalamandir Jewellers in Surat accusing them of avoiding tax on the Rs110 crore black money which they allegedly deposited in the bank during demonetisation.
A team of the I-T officials also searched the house of Sharma’s chartered accountant Ashok Adukiya. A company in Mumbai, Kusum Silicone, was also searched where Sharma used to work and was paid Rs18 lakh per annum.
The I-T department suspects PVS Sharma to be behind a money-laundering racket.
In all, the department searched 10 places in Surat, two in Mumbai and one in Thane. More than 50 officials were involved in the search operations.
What PVS Sharma had said about the search
BJP Leader PVS Sharma alleged that he was targeted because he was going to expose the shenanigans through various documents.
He had also begun a protest to seek recovery of his documents and mobile phone. PVS Sharma had alleged that Kalamandir Jewellers had evaded tax worth crores of rupees during the demonetisation and that he had proof of the same.
The BJP leader had said that during demonetisation, the jewellery business had deposited Rs110 crore in the bank in three days but paid only Rs84 lakh as tax. Kalamandi Jewellers had later held a press conference and denied the allegations made by Sharma.
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